Literature Names

These names occur primarily in literature. They are not commonly given to real people.
There are 132 names matching your criteria.

AIDA   f   Arabic, Literature
Variant of AYDA... [more]
ALADDIN   m   Literature
Anglicized form of ALA AL-DIN... [more]
AMARYLLIS   f   Literature
Derived from Greek αμαρυσσω (amarysso) "to sparkle"... [more]
AMINTA   m   Literature
Form of AMYNTAS used by the Italian poet Torquato Tasso for his play 'Aminta' (1573)... [more]
AMIRAN   m   Georgian, Literature
Variant of AMIRANI... [more]
ANGELICA   f   English, Italian, Romanian, Literature
Derived from Latin angelicus meaning "angelic", ultimately related to Greek αγγελος (angelos) "messenger"... [more]
ARAGORN   m   Literature
Meaning unknown, though the first element is presumably Sindarin ara "noble, kingly"... [more]
ARAMIS   m   Literature
The surname of one of the musketeers in 'The Three Musketeers' (1844) by Alexandre Dumas... [more]
ARMIDE   f   Literature
French form of ARMIDA... [more]
ARTHUR   m   English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
The meaning of this name is unknown... [more]
ARWEN   f   Literature
Means "noble maiden" in Sindarin... [more]
ASTAROTH   m   Literature
From Ashtaroth, the plural form of ASHTORETH used in the bible to refer to Phoenician idols... [more]
ASTROPHEL   m   Literature
Probably intended to mean "star lover", from Greek αστηρ (aster) "star" and φιλος (philos) "lover, friend"... [more]
ATTICUS   m   Literature
From a Roman name meaning "from Attica" in Latin... [more]
AVTANDIL   m   Georgian, Literature
Created by the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli for his 12th-century epic 'The Knight in the Panther's Skin'... [more]
AYLA (3)   f   Literature
Created for the novel 'Clan of the Cave Bear' (1980) by author Jean M. Auel... [more]
BAYARD   m   Literature
Derived from Old French baiart meaning "bay coloured"... [more]
BEDIVERE   m   Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
From the Welsh name Bedwyr, which is of unknown meaning... [more]
BELPHOEBE   f   Literature
Combination of belle "beautiful" and the name PHOEBE... [more]
BILBO   m   Literature
This was the name of the hero of 'The Hobbit' (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien... [more]
CASPIAN   m   Literature
Used by author C. S. Lewis for a character in his 'Chronicles of Narnia' series, first appearing in 1950... [more]
CINDERELLA   f   Literature
From the French name Cendrillon which means "little ashes"... [more]
COSETTE   f   French, Literature
From French chosette meaning "little thing"... [more]
CRESSIDA   f   Literature
Medieval form of CHRYSEIS... [more]
CYMBELINE   m   Literature
Form of CUNOBELINUS used by Shakespeare in his play 'Cymbeline' (1609).
CYRANO   m   Literature
Possibly derived from the name of the ancient Greek city of Cyrene, which was located in North Africa... [more]
D'ARTAGNAN   m   Literature
Means "from Artagnan" in French, Artagnan being a town in southwestern France... [more]
DESDEMONA   f   Literature
Derived from Greek δυσδαιμων (dysdaimon) meaning "ill-fated"... [more]
DULCINEA   f   Literature
Derived from Spanish dulce meaning "sweet"... [more]
ELAINE   f   English, Arthurian Romance
From an Old French form of HELEN... [more]
ELANOR   f   Literature
Means "star sun" in Sindarin... [more]
ELROND   m   Literature
Means "star dome" in Sindarin... [more]
ENID   f   Welsh, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Derived from Welsh enaid meaning "soul" or "life"... [more]
ENOBARBUS   m   Literature
Form of AHENOBARBUS used by Shakespeare in his play 'Antony and Cleopatra' (1606).
EOWYN   f   Literature
Means "horse joy" in Old English... [more]
EPONINE   f   Literature
Meaning unknown... [more]
FANTINE   f   Literature
This name was used by Victor Hugo for the mother of Cosette in his novel 'Les Misérables' (1862)... [more]
FAUST   m   Literature
From a German surname which was derived from the Latin name FAUSTUS... [more]
FIGARO   m   Literature
Created by playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais for the central character in his plays 'The Barber of Seville' (1775), 'The Marriage of Figaro' (1784) and 'The Guilty Mother' (1792)... [more]
FRODO   m   Literature
Derived from the Germanic element frod "wise"... [more]
GAHARIET   m   Arthurian Romance
Medieval French form of GARETH
GALADRIEL   f   Literature
Means "maiden crowned with a radiant garland" in Sindarin... [more]
GALAHAD   m   Arthurian Romance
Meaning unknown... [more]
GANDALF   m   Norse Mythology, Literature
Means "wand elf" in Old Norse, from the elements gandr "wand, staff, cane" and álfr "elf"... [more]
GAWAIN   m   Welsh, Arthurian Romance
Meaning uncertain, from the Latin form Walganus used by the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth... [more]
GERAINT   m   Welsh, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Meaning unknown, possibly a Welsh form of GERONTIUS... [more]
GRISELDA   f   English, Scottish, Spanish, Literature
Possibly derived from the Germanic elements gris "grey" and hild "battle"... [more]
GUINEVERE   f   Arthurian Romance
From the Norman French form of the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar, composed of the elements gwen meaning "fair, white" and hwyfar meaning "smooth"... [more]
GUIOMAR   f & m   Portuguese, Spanish, Arthurian Romance
Possibly derived from the Germanic name Wigmar meaning "famous in war"... [more]
GYNETH   f   Literature
Perhaps a variant of GWYNETH... [more]
HAIDEE   f   Literature
Perhaps intended to derive from Greek αιδοιος (aidoios) "modest, reverent"... [more]
HAMLET   m   Literature
Anglicized form of the Danish name Amleth... [more]
HECTOR   m   English, French, Greek Mythology (Latinized), Arthurian Romance
Latinized form of Greek ‘Εκτωρ (Hektor), which was derived from ‘εκτωρ (hektor) "holding fast", ultimately from εχω (echo) meaning "to hold, to possess"... [more]
HERMIA   f   Literature
Feminine form of HERMES... [more]
IDRIL   f   Literature
Means "sparkle brilliance" in Sindarin... [more]
IGERNA   f   Arthurian Romance
Latin form of IGRAINE
IGRAINE   f   Arthurian Romance
Meaning unknown, from Igerna, the Latinized form of Welsh Eigyr... [more]
KAY (2)   m   Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
From the Welsh name Cai or Cei, possibly a form of the Roman name GAIUS... [more]
LALAGE   f   Literature
Derived from Greek λαλαγεω (lalageo) meaning "to babble, to prattle"... [more]
LALLA   f   Literature
Derived from Persian لاله (laleh) meaning "tulip"... [more]
LANCELOT   m   Arthurian Romance
Meaning unknown, possibly an Old French diminutive of Lanzo (see LANCE)... [more]
LAUNCE   m   Literature
Short form of Launcelot, a variant of LANCELOT... [more]
LEGOLAS   m   Literature
Means "green leaves" in Sindarin, from laeg "green" combined with go-lass "collection of leaves"... [more]
LESTAT   m   Literature
Name used by author Anne Rice for a character in her 'Vampire Chronicles' series of novels, first released in 1976, where it belongs to the French vampire Lestat de Lioncourt... [more]
LOT (2)   m   Arthurian Romance
From the name of the region of Lothian in southern Scotland, of unknown meaning... [more]
LUCASTA   f   Literature
This name was first used by the poet Richard Lovelace for a collection of poems called 'Lucasta' (1649)... [more]
LUCINDA   f   English, Portuguese, Literature
An elaboration of LUCIA created by Cervantes for his novel 'Don Quixote' (1605)... [more]
MALVINA   f   Scottish, English, Literature
Created by the poet James MacPherson in the 18th century for a character in his Ossian poems... [more]
MALVOLIO   m   Literature
Means "ill will" in Italian... [more]
MEHRAB   m   Iranian, Literature
From مهر (Mehr), the Persian word for MITHRA, combined with Persian آب (ab) "water"... [more]
MERLIN   m   Arthurian Romance, English
Form of the Welsh name Myrddin (meaning "sea fortress") used by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his 12th-century Arthurian tales... [more]
MERRY (2)   m   Literature
The name of a hobbit in J. R. R. Tolkien's novel 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954)... [more]
MIGNON   f   Literature
Means "cute, darling" in French... [more]
MORDRED   m   Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
From Welsh Medraut, meaning uncertain... [more]
MORGAINE   f   Arthurian Romance
Variant of MORGAN (2), from a French form.
MORGAN (2)   f   Arthurian Romance
Modern form of Morgen, which was used by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century for the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay, who was unnamed in earlier stories... [more]
MORGEN   f   Arthurian Romance
Earlier form of MORGAN (2)
NEMO   m   Literature
Means "nobody" in Latin... [more]
NERISSA   f   Literature
Created by Shakespeare for a character in his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596)... [more]
NESTAN-DAREJAN   f   Literature
Created by the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli for a character in his 12th-century epic 'The Knight in the Panther's Skin'... [more]
NIMUE   f   Arthurian Romance
Meaning unknown... [more]
NORMA   f   English, Italian, Literature
Created by Felice Romani for the main character in the opera 'Norma' (1831)... [more]
NYDIA   f   English (Rare), Spanish, Literature
Used by British author Edward Bulwer-Lytton for a blind flower-seller in his novel 'The Last Days of Pompeii' (1834)... [more]
OBERON   m   Literature
Variant of AUBERON... [more]
OLIVETTE   f   Literature
Feminine form of OLIVER... [more]
OPHELIA   f   English, Literature
Derived from Greek οφελος (ophelos) meaning "help"... [more]
ORINTHIA   f   Literature
Possibly related to Greek ορινω (orino) meaning "to excite, to agitate"... [more]
OSSIAN   m   Literature
Variant of OISÍN used by James Macpherson in his epic poems, which he claimed to have based on early Irish legends.
OTHELLO   m   Literature
Perhaps an Italian diminutive of OTHO... [more]
OWAIN   m   Welsh, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Probably a Welsh form of EUGENE, though it might be derived from Welsh eoghunn meaning "youth"... [more]
PERCIVAL   m   Arthurian Romance, English
Created by the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes for his poem 'Perceval, the Story of the Grail'... [more]
PERDITA   f   Literature
Derived from Latin perditus meaning "lost"... [more]
PEREDUR   m   Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Possibly means "hard spears" in Welsh... [more]
PHARAMOND   m   Literature, French (Rare)
French form of FARAMUND used by Shakespeare in 'Henry V' (1599).
PHILOMEL   f   Literature
From an English word meaning "nightingale" (ultimately from PHILOMELA)... [more]
PIPPIN (2)   m   Literature
The name of a hobbit in 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien... [more]
POLLYANNA   f   Literature
Combination of POLLY and ANNA... [more]
ROHAN (2)   f   Literature
From the novel 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien, where it is a place name meaning "horse country" in Sindarin.
SAM (2)   m   Literature
The name of a hobbit in J. R. R. Tolkien's novel 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954)... [more]
SCHEHERAZADE   f   Literature
Anglicized form of SHAHRAZAD
SHEHERAZADE   f   Literature
Anglicized form of SHAHRAZAD
SHERLOCK   m   Literature
Used by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for his character Sherlock Holmes, who was a detective in Doyle's mystery stories beginning in 1887... [more]
SOPHRONIA   f   Literature, Late Greek
Feminine form of SOPHRONIUS... [more]
TINATIN   f   Georgian, Literature
Possibly related to Georgian სინათლე (sinatle) "light"... [more]
TINUVIEL   f   Literature
Means "nightingale" in Sindarin... [more]
TITANIA   f   Literature
Perhaps based on Latin Titanius meaning "of the Titans"... [more]
TUOR   m   Literature
Means "strength vigour" in Sindarin... [more]
TURIN   m   Literature
Means "victory mood" in Sindarin... [more]
TYBALT   m   Literature
Medieval form of THEOBALD... [more]
UNDINE   f   Literature
Derived from Latin unda meaning "wave"... [more]
URIEN   m   Welsh, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Means "privileged birth" from Celtic orbo "privileged" and gen "birth"... [more]
UTHER   m   Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
From the Welsh name Uthyr, derived from Welsh uthr "terrible"... [more]
VIVIEN (2)   f   Literature
Used by Alfred Lord Tennyson as the name of the Lady of the Lake in his Arthurian epic 'Idylls of the King' (1859)... [more]
WALGANUS   m   Arthurian Romance
Latin form of GAWAIN
YORICK   m   Literature, English, Dutch
Altered form of JØRG... [more]
YVAIN   m   Arthurian Romance
Form of OWAIN used by the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes for his Arthurian tales.
YWAIN   m   Arthurian Romance
Variant of YVAIN
ZAÏRE   f   Literature
Used by Voltaire for the heroine of his tragic play 'Zaïre' (1732), about a Christian woman enslaved by Muslims... [more]
ZEMFIRA   f   Tatar, Bashkir, Azerbaijani, Literature
Meaning unknown, possibly of Romani origin... [more]
ZULEIKA   f   Literature
Possibly means "brilliant beauty" in Persian... [more]
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